The Philippines Create Science-based Fisheries Management Areas
The Philippines government formally established Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs) making Filipino fisheries management science-based, participatory, transparent, and data-driven. The policy regulation directs all coastal, local governments to conserve and sustainably manage shared fishery resources. Oceana was a driving force in the issuance of the regulation. This regulation also comes after an October 2018 Oceana lawsuit, which successfully petitioned the country’s Supreme Court to direct the government’s fishery agency – the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - to carry out its legal responsibilities.